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  Visa Required? Passport Required? Return Ticket Required?
British No Yes No
Australian No Yes Yes
Canadian No Yes Yes
USA No Yes Yes
Other EU No 1 No
Japanese No Yes No/2 No Note
a. Austria is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Since March 1995, a 'borderless' region known as the Schengen area has been declared covering the following states: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.

Schengen countries now issue standard Schengen visas, and nationals holding visas issued by one of the Schengen countries are, in principle, permitted to travel freely within the borders of all 15. However, since Schengen states are still free to decide their own visa requirements, entry regulations may vary and nationals not requiring a visa for one Schengen country may require one for other Schengen countries. This has various practical implications and for example, travellers may be refused entry to a Schengen country for which they do not require a visa if holding onward tickets to a country for which they do require a visa.

Travellers should check with the authorities of the country they intend to visit as to whether they require a visa. If visiting more than one Schengen country, the traveller should apply for the Schengen visa to the Embassy/Consulate of the first or main country to be visited.


Passport valid for at least three months after the last day of the intended visit required by all except:

1. nationals of EU countries, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Switzerland, who may enter with a valid national ID card


Required by all except the following for stays of up to three months:

a. nationals of EU countries and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland for an unlimited period

b. 2. nationals of American Samoa, Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Overseas Territories, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, East Timor, El Salvador, French Guiana, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Honduras, Israel (excluding nationals holding Palestinian passports), Japan, Jersey, Korea (Rep), Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romania, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, San Marino, Singapore, Tahiti and her Islands, Uruguay, USA, US Virgin Islands, Vatican City and Venezuela for tourist stays of up to three months.

c. transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.


Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka passing through Austria always require a transit visa, even when not leaving the airport. Transit passengers are advised to check transit regulations with the relevant Embassy or Consulate before travelling

Types of visa and cost

Types of visa and cost: A uniform type of visa, the Schengen visa, is issued for all types of visit, costing £24.50.


a. Prices may change with the prevalent exchange rate, so visitors are advised to check the exact price before applying.

b. Spouses and children of EU nationals (providing spouse’s passport and the original marriage certificate are produced), and nationals of some other countries, receive their visas free of charge, enquire at Embassy for details.


Validity according to documents presented. Visas cannot be extended, a new application must be made each time.


Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy and see Contact Addresses section). Travellers visiting just one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate of that country, travellers visiting more than one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate of the country chosen as the main destination or the first country they will enter that requires them to have a visa (if they have no main destination).


Visa applications can be sent by post or made in person, an appointment will need to be arranged by telephone (telephone number: (020) 7344 3289) or online (e-mail: visa@austria.org.uk if arranging a visa from UK).

Application requirements

a. Completed application form(s).

b. Passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the validity of the visa with at least one blank page for the visa sticker.

c. Fee (cash or postal order only).

d) Two passport-size photos.

e. Proof of transport (airline tickets, vehicle papers, train reservation etc).

f. Proof of intention to return to home country (applicants may submit return ticket or vehicle papers if returning by car).

g. Confirmed hotel or tour reservation or letter from business partner in Austria or letter of invitation from Austrian host.

h. An all-risk medical insurance policy covering duration of visa (minimum coverage: £15).

i.Proof of occupation/student status.

j. Proof of sufficient financial means to fund stay in Austria (minimum £30 per day per person). Applicants may submit travellers cheques, a confirmed hotel booking, bank statements or records from a similar financial institution.

k. For transit passengers, the visa from the destination country must be obtained first.

l. Postal applicants should enclose a self-addressed, prepaid envelope (registered or recorded delivery) for the return of the passport. (

m. Original letter of invitation (verpflichtungserklärung), legalised by a notary public solicitor/competent authority, plus copy of Austrian passport/residence permit and proof of sufficient funds of host, or, letter from Austrian business partner, with company certifying financial responsibility for applicant during stay, or, confirmed hotel reservation/confirmation of tour.


All documents must be submitted in both their original form, plus one duplicate.

Working days required

Several weeks.

Temporary residence

Seek advice from the Austrian Embassy.
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